Mid-year adjustments to the city of Kirkland budget resulted in a $1.067 million increase for the 2015-2016 budget.
This increase was approved by the City Council at their June 21 meeting and increased two year budget to a total of $645,836,597.
The additional funds came from an influx of real estate excise tax and lodging tax revenues as well as internal transfers.
Expenditures included funds to create five ongoing firefighter positions to fill a fourth firefighter position at Kirkland Fire Department Station 25 which had been filled using overtime or on a one-time basis.
The total cost is around $284,100 which includes salary, benefits, academy costs and one time equipment expenses. The ongoing cost for the next biennial budget cycle would be $520,000 annually.
Additional hours will be approved for clerks handling passport processing at a cost of $9,610 and the parks department will be hiring seasonal staffing at a cost of $15,856.
Funding for technical equipment at the Kirkland Performance Center, wireless installation at Everest and Houghton Beach Parks, an asphalt milling machine are also included.
The city will also be increasing or creating several full time positions for the city.